MEC proposes June 23 voting day in Malawi fresh presidential election

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has stunned participants to the National Elections Consultative Forum (Necof) when the pollster said it proposes June 23, 2020 as the day voters should elect a president in the fresh elections.

Ansah:  MEC wants election days  earlier than July 2 and proposes June 23

MEC chairperson Jane Ansah has told the high level meeting underway in Mangochi that parliament should endorse the date.

“This will enable MEC to have more time to process the results before the end of 150 days ordered by the court,” she told the political party representatives and other electoral stakeholders.

Participants are yet to respond to this but this will generate fury as political parties and other stakeholders want Ansah and other commissioners out of office following both Constitutional Court and Supreme Court orders.

Other political commentators say the commissioners have brought forward the date of the election from July 2 so that they administer the elections before the end of their term of office end June.

Ansah also says that MEC has shot down a proposal by electoral stakeholders to employ from the private sector presiding officers.

She said public servants, such as teachers, can do better in the job because they are accountable to the government.

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Ture
Ture
9 months ago

Parliament needs to debate and vote on those bills. Judges DONT make laws. Parliament makes laws

CHA-CHA-CHA
9 months ago
Reply to  Ture

Judges do make laws. Check this.

Parliament passed the bills, APM denied to assent to the same

Gaga
Gaga
9 months ago

It is surprising that the people who have been running to courts do not want parliament to debate and vote on the electoral bills when the constitution is very clear about this. When the president withholds assent to bills, parliament debates them again. Ansah is right in every way.

Jose
Jose
9 months ago
Reply to  Gaga

The problem is arogance from govt on national matters for self interest .It is clear the constitution says we use majority which means those manority govts were illegal.it is the duty of parliament to make laws to facilitate that not fighting which uncivilized attitude the govt side vindicate in the honourable house by choosing to obstruct justice.If mps from gov5 side thinks thry are bigger than malawi of which yhey are not let us just go to referendum on 50 plus one.kukakamila mtunda opanda madzi ndipo simudzapatsidwa ulemu mmbiri ya malawi.

Mtete
Mtete
9 months ago

Ansah is trying to prove to all and sundry that, as one with a doctorate in Law, she is wiser than any member of the ConCourt of even the MSCA. Please note that it’s APM speaking whenever Ansah opens her mouth. Remember that APM arrogantly told the Nation about a Constitutional Crisis. That’s what is happening now. Ansah wants the election in June to make sure she rigs the election again before departure so that she leaves a legacy of being A Women Of Substance who defied the odds. Malawians should not let this woman have it her way.

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
9 months ago
Reply to  Mtete

abeletu kuopa milandu inu before she goes. uupondatu. we got no time for your nonsense.
see yourself in the clip ukuphedwa ndi mafuso ndi comission ija .unaoneka ngati coumbatu.
silly woman.
we got no time for your ideas.ok

Muhariwa
Muhariwa
9 months ago

Malawians are taken for granted by Jane ansah and her care taker president. Its now that this evil woman be brought to Court to face law. Anatenga ndalama zankhani nkhani kwa peter. But take this girl to court za U lawyer zo ndizake. She has personally insulted all Judges in Malawi and better show her real Red Card. We are too tired with these people and our country was indeed led by MABULUTU enversince the departure of Kamuzu.

The Dangerous Protocol.
The Dangerous Protocol.
9 months ago

Looking at things there way they are, you can easily know that matukutuku onse ma Cadet amapangawa ananamizidwa kuti they will rule this Country until Jesus comes. Now the coming in of Chakwera and other people it has really disturbed these folks! 2014 they rigged from Chakwera using Chilima, 2019 they robbed Chakwera using the Electoral Commissioners whom they paid huge of money, now they are trying their best to trick Malawians to find a way of how they can deal with Chakwera by thinking of bringing Robbin Lowe into the Covid19 inclusive Task Force so that they can use… Read more »

Wa shanting
Wa shanting
9 months ago

We will vote after the period of campaign instituted by the she devil jane ansah. Anatiuza campaign idzatha 48hrs before pa 6am ya 2 July. Don’t take Malawians for granted tsiku lina udzapeza uli pa mbalambanda samala machitidwe ako!

Jumanji
Jumanji
9 months ago

TONSE alliance bullies, STOP your stupidity. Jane Ansah is CORRECT and she has shown that she understands the constitution very well. Parliament is the one which should now set the date – it did so already and the president did not assent to the bills containing the date. Mutharika gave very GOOD reasons why he did not assent to the electoral bills. According to the constitution, parliament should now debate the bills again. 2 July was there to help MEC to plan for the elections.

Yuwapa
Yuwapa
9 months ago

Why are people freaking out when Concourt and supreme court rulings have constitutional implications which means parliament has to amend or make laws. Judges and Courts DO NOT make laws. SO, let parliament debate the electoral bills.

Qoto
Qoto
9 months ago

It seems opposition supporters do not know what the constitution stipulates – it says when the president withholds assent to bills, they need to be sent to parliament to be debated and for MPs to vote again. Jane Ansah answer set up 2 July as a backup date.

Phiri
Phiri
9 months ago

Jane Ansah is right. She set 2 July as date for elections after the bill containing 19 May was not signed by the president. MEC needed a date for planning purposes otherwise it could not have been able to set a calendar and kick start electoral processes. Because the Supreme Court has upheld ConCourt ruling, it is now parliament’s job to look at the bills again, set date and vote.

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